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Lone Star Brahmas Shut Out Icerays 1-0

Lone Star Brahmas forward Joey Baez Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Joey Baez scored the only goal of the contest as the Lone Star Brahmas and Cayden Bailey shutout the Corpus Christi Icerays to complete the weekend sweep.


The Lone Star Brahmas fought for a come from behind 3-2 overtime victory over the Corpus Christi Icerays on Friday and came into game two looking to complete the sweep.

After a scoreless first 20 minutes of play, the Lone Star Brahmas took the lead at the 6:35 mark of the second. Strong work in the far corner by Eric Huss battling Kyle Schroeder freed the puck to Thomas Daskas behind the net. Daskas found Joey Baez anchored just outside the crease for a big onetimer past the glove hand of Cal Sandquist.

Moments later Cayden Bailey made a huge blocker save to stone Artur Turansky on a point blank wrister to preserve the one goal lead. The puck went into the corner then immediately back out front, but Billy Simms lifted the stick of Shane Bull to prevent another scoring opportunity.

Bailey took the one goal Baez scored in the second frame and made it stand up the rest of the way posting his first shutout of the season.

Both teams were 0-1 on the power play while the Brahmas outshot the Icerays 22-21 on the night.

The Lone Star Brahmas season opening win streak now stands at six games as they will prepare to host the expansion New Mexico Ice Wolves for the first time next weekend. New Mexico has had a rough start to the season registering a single point in the standings in eight games played with a shootout loss against the Odessa Jackalopes.




Elsewhere Around the NAHL South

Topeka at Springfield

Austin McCarthy opened the scoring in the first then Kyler Yeo followed with a goal just 1:50 later after the Blues had tied it up. Nick Nardecchia pushed the lead to two, but once again Springfield came right back. A late Quinn Green goal sent the teams to the locker room with the Pilots holding a two goal lead. The teams traded goals in the second with Connor Zilisch accounting for the Topeka tally. Springfield would score the only goal of the third. Guy Blessing picked up the win in net on 40 saves.


Shreveport at Amarillo

Shreveport got on the board first at 15:52 of the second, but Aaron White and Matt Allen scored just over three minutes apart to go into the third leading by one. The Mudbugs would pull even in the third before Allen once again find the twine followed by a late Niclas Puikkonen goal to ice it away. Max Gutjahr made 21 saves in the win.


Odessa at New Mexico

Aeden Drossos, Kam Ottenbreit, Vilho Saariluoma and Jan Blasko scored as the Jackalopes ran out to a 4-1 first period lead. New Mexico scored in the third to cut into the lead, but could get no closer. Max Miller was in net for Odessa to log the win.


Current NAHL South Standings

Topeka Pilots 9 6 2 1 0 13
Lone Star Brahmas 6 6 0 0 0 12
Shreveport Mudbugs 8 5 3 0 0 10
Corpus Christi IceRays 8 3 2 1 2 9
Odessa Jackalopes 4 3 0 1 0 7
Amarillo Bulls 5 3 1 0 1 7
New Mexico Ice Wolves 8 0 7 0 1 1

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